September 30, 2013

Putt- Steamed Rice Cake

Puttu – steamed rice cake layered with coconut is the traditional breakfast item in Kerala, Southern most state of India. Puttu can be otherwise explained as steamed cylinders of rice powder layered with coconut.
There are a variety of side dish combination for Puttu. Puttu & Banana, Puttu & Kadala (chick pea curry),  Puttu, Cherupayar Thoran (Green Gram Stir Fry) & Pappad etc
The beauty of the dish is not only in its taste but also the easiness to prepare!To steam Puttu in a cylindrical shape you need a Puttu maker or Puttu Kutti. Now a days you get Chiratta Put Maker also.

The Puttu Maker has 2 parts: Puttu Kudam (Pot in which water is boiled) and Puttu Kutti (cylindrical steamer kept over the pot)

Chiratta Putt Kutti is something which is similar to the above, but we assemble the chiratta Putt Kutti in a Cooker.


Raw Rice(Pachari) - 1/2 kg
Coconut - 1/2 of one
Water - to sprinkle
Salt - As reqd


  • Soak rice in water for 4 hrs.
  • Leave it to drain and grind it to make fine powder.
  • Heat the powder for 5 minutes. While heating it, keep on stirring.
  • Keep the fried powder to cool.
  • Mix salt with water and sprinkle this to the powdered rice just to make the powder wet(do not put a lot of water).
  • For making puttu, use PUTTUKUTTI. Put a handful of grated coconut in the puttu kutty and then put rice powder till half followed by another handful of grated coconut. This is done till the top. Close the lid and steam it for 2 minutes.
Note :  

  • Instead of making puttu powder, you can use rice flour (1 cup) instead and follow the same procedure to make it.
  • Serve puttu hot.
  • Best combination for puttu is with Kadala Curry


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